RETAILER PROFILE | Point5 Kitchens

Office and design area are at the back of the store

BELOW: Design consultations take place on the main island breakfast bar

feel about the Brexit situation? He is pragmatic: “To be honest, I try not to worry about something that we don’t really know the answer to. There is nothing we can do, but I don’t believe personally that we are going to have too many problems, because the UK imports so many goods from Germany and other European countries, so I can’t see them being too restrictive.

“And whatever happens to us is going to happen to everyone else who brings kitchens in from Europe, so I think we will all be in the same boat anyway.”

very in-house. We used to source some kitchens in the UK but all of our kitchens are now made in Poland. They can make any style of kitchen we choose. So if we did want to do a British-style kitchen, we can make it in our factory.”

The complete package Lead times for Point5 are normally six to eight weeks. The factory does not make furniture for anybody else and


they were expanding it at the time of our interview, creating a bit more space to streamline production. As Kardani adds: “It means that there will never be a time when we take on a big job and they cannot supply, as we control it.”

Point5 is currently supplying around four kitchens a month at a typical price of around £40,000, although some of those would be complete joinery packages for the whole house, where

they may not just do the kitchen, but also the bathroom cabinets, study and utility room. Turnover is currently around £1.4 million and, says Kardani, has grown every year since they started. Kardani ‘makes sure the customers are happy’ and also does some designing, while Kolasinski looks after installations and liaises with the factory. Given that Point5’s kitchens are sourced in Europe, how does Kardani

In the relatively short time since they opened the showroom, Brexit is not the only looming crisis they have faced. They also had to cope with a global coronavirus pandemic. How did that affect them? “We were working behind the scenes when we had the first lockdown,” Kardani recalls. “The shop was shut but we were still keeping things ticking over. We took a bit of a hit but nothing major. “It just shifted jobs backwards and basically now we are just carrying on and, like most of the industry, touch wood, we remain very busy at the moment. There seems to be a good flow of customers. “We spoke to a few people on Zoom during the first lockdown, but of course a lot of the projects we had already started and we would communicate with customers by email. We didn’t get

· January 2021

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